Measurement and Accountability

School Staffing Project

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 9:00 am

The OPI is in the process of testing the Montana State Educator Information System (MSEIS), the new Educator Licensure system.  The system will automate and improve many tasks related to licensing educators.  This system will also provide greater electronic access by school district personnel to the educator licensure system, including a feature for school administrators to inform licensure staff when schools are trying to hire someone with a pending licensure application.  Testing is going very well and the new system will be in production in April 2012. 


Development of the new accreditation and master schedule module, which will integrate with the MSEIS, is also underway.   This module will collect compensation (Terms of Employment) information and personnel assignments for individual school district employees, highly qualified teacher status, FTE information and also student rosters.  Through this collection, the School Employment ID (SEID) will also be generated.  We have begun the detailed requirements gathering phase of this project. In an attempt to reduce the burden on school districts, the intent is to develop file formats to allow an upload of this information from school district’s local systems, as much as possible.  Manual entry screens will also be will be available for submitting the data.  We will be requesting feedback on these file formats as soon as they are available.  Through this project, the OPI will also implement the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Course Codes, which will be the means for linking teachers to students. In January, the OPI will provide a list of NCES courses to be used by schools and a tool to map the current course offerings to the NCES courses.   The current plan is to have this new module in place in late summer 2012, in time for 2012 fall reporting. 


The OPI is currently working with an advisory group of districts to develop a process for collecting actual salaries and benefits information for all district employees (SB329).  The first collection for all districts will be in the fall of 2013 during the Trustees Financial Summary (TFS) process. 


If you would be willing participate on a team to provide input on this project or if you have questions, please contact Kellee English, School Staffing Project Manager, at 406-444-1625 or

For more information, contact Kellee English, 444-1625